Top 50 Emerging Leaders 2021 continued (in alphabetical order by CVC unit): Osei Van Horne, founding member and managing director, Wells Fargo Strategic Capital
Osei Van Horne is a founding member and managing director of the technology practice of Wells Fargo Strategic Capital (WFSC), a $2bn growth and private equity investment vehicle for the US-based bank.
“Corporate venture capital (CVC) has the potential to provide meaningful, differentiated value-add to management teams through the CVC’s parent company’s ecosystem and resources,” Van Horne said. “This is particularly true at Wells Fargo, given the bank’s vast network of relationships, institutional knowledge, and resilient balance sheet can provide value across a company’s lifecycle, regardless of the broader economic cycles or conditions.”
Since co-founding the group in 2017, Van Horne was responsible for recruiting and retaining a staff of investment professionals. He played a critical role in devising and executing the multi-strategy investment mandate that focuses on growth stage and private equity investments in technology companies across the Wells Fargo geographic footprint, which includes North America, Europe, and Asia.
Additionally, Van Horne co-led the bank’s equity investments in online shipping platform Flexport, working space provider Industrious, property technology developer Reonomy, on-demand storage provider Clutter, property manager Mynd Property Management and Sitetracker, the asset-tracking software developer formerly known as Sitetraker, among others.
Since 2019, WFSC has been one of the most active growth-stage investors in real estate technology and logistics technology sectors. In addition, Van Horne and his colleagues have played an important role in opening up the broad and robust products and services of Wells Fargo’s Commercial Bank, Investment Bank and Wealth Management capabilities to help management teams accelerate their growth plans and meet their demanding banking needs.
Van Horne has 20 years of principal investing and corporate finance experience. Before joining Wells Fargo, he was an investment professional in the merchant banking division at investment banking firm Goldman Sachs in New York, where he executed equity and mezzanine transactions from an on-balance sheet, multi-strategy growth capital fund.